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precedent
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

2 uses
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Definition
an example from a prior time — typically used to justify similar occurrences at a later time (especially a judicial decision)
  • A murderer and a villain; A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe Of your precedent lord; a vice of kings; A cutpurse of the empire and the rule, That from a shelf the precious diadem stole And put it in his pocket!
    3.4 — Act 3 Scene 4 — Another room in the castle (47% in)
  • But in my terms of honour I stand aloof; and will no reconcilement Till by some elder masters of known honour I have a voice and precedent of peace To keep my name ungor'd.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (59% in)

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